Texans vs Saints: NFL Week 1 Picks & Predictions

Oddsmakers opened New Orleans as 7.5-point favorites. Love for the underdog, however, has since dropped the distribute into 6.5. I suggest pouncing on the number that is present before it pops up to seven.
Following a season-ending knee accident was endured by Lamar Miller running is a position of demand for the Texans. Duke Johnson, who’s famous for his skills was obtained by the Texans, but has never been an every-down back.
His copy is that the perennially mediocre Carlos Hyde, who has been bounced around from team to team, recently. He averaged less than four YPC his past two seasons in both.
Passing appears like the point of focus as the Texans acquired Kenny Stills and abandoned handle Laremy Tunsil. Houston still has a long way to go to fix and perhaps reflect the weakest unit in the NFL, although tunsil is a acquisition. The Texans rated last in the adjusted sack rate and pressure rate. 62 sacks were allowed by them.
Quality is still hard to locate on the offensive line. Nick Martin, that had been graded as by much the AFC South centre last year, remains starting.
Right handle Seantrel Henderson suffered a low grade from the 11 snaps he played last year, the sole professional ones of his profession. Based on the accident report, the protector positions can be occupied by two rookies.
Tunsil will most often argue with Marcus Davenport, New Orleans’ first-round pick last year. Before injuries kept him a mere player, he amassed four sacks.
Henderson will have his hands full of Cameron Jordan. While ranking top-10 in both pass rush win speed and total pressures he graded as the fifth-best border protector. When he blitzes he is relatively even more successful in those respects.
When DeShaun Watson finds sufficient time to find his receivers, he will have to contend with a Saints secondary that’s underrated based on previous year numbers. It enhanced with the purchase of high cornerback Eli Apple.
After being picked as the NFL’s best defensive newcomer in 2017, marshon Lattimore began to suffer a sophomore slump. However he improved to complete as the corner and he also accrued two interceptions from the NFC Divisional Round.
Drew Brees comes following a season where he finished 74.4 percent of the passes for 32 touchdowns and five interceptions. One advantage that he has is very good defense. The Saints rated third in adjusted sack rate.
New Orleans’ offensive line did confront 1 question during the offseason, that had been to substitute centre Max Unger. Even though it signed veteran Nick Easton that was accomplished, newcomer center Erik McCoy won the occupation.
The ease with which he was determined to be the newcomer presents a significant contrast to the confusion and doubt that plagued the Coach O’Brien of Houston as he strove to establish that would begin on the offensive line. McCoy dominated first-team repetitions in practice and is constructing chemistry together with Drew Brees.
McCoy and company also confront a Houston front seven who will overlook Jadeveon Clowney. In other words, the pass rush of Houston is currently carrying a much larger step backwards than any measure back which New Orleans’ pass security that is already strong is now taking.
Houston’s defense has taken hits.
The Texans’ secondary was a weak place, having ranked 26th in passing yards. It will have much to manage in the form of Pro Bowler Michael Thomas, the efficient pass-catcher and healthy Ted Ginn Jr., tight end Jared Cook, who’s coming from an 896-yard season in Oakland, and running back Alvin Kamara, who caught 81 passes last year and is dangerous in the open field as perhaps the NFL’s most elusive return.
Latavius Murray and Kamara type a combo in New Orleans’ backfield. The two possess a proven nose to the end zone according to their respective touchdowns-per-carry prices, though different in design.
Since he ranks among running leaders in tackles driven , kamara is the more talented of the duo.
New Orleans will face immunity from already poor and even poorer and Houston pass rush .
On the opposite side, Houston will struggle to keep pace with its absence of contending with an underrated powerful and secondary pass rush off the edge , supporting among the team’s worst offensive lines, also racing game.
Best Pick: Saints -6.5 (-105) together with Heritage

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